Our “How to Apply to Wharton” Guide is the starting point for a prospective applicant to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. This white paper PDF is available for immediate download and is provided to prospective applicants at no cost. Our 10-step guide will help you understand all of the key hot button issues and major thematic touch points – as well as critical admissions strategies and tips – that will make or break your prospects for gaining admission to one of the world’s most coveted business schools.
We spend literally all of our time thinking about MBA programs - in the U.S. and abroad, where they have been and where they are headed, essays and interviews, case method and experiential learning. It consumes our thoughts and frames our reference for how we view the world (when we watch a TV show with a character who takes risks, our first thought is, "Wow, Chicago Booth would love this guy"). So it's with no small amount of thought that we say, without equivocation: Wharton presents the most confusing business school application in the world.
Not confusing for us, of course, because - in case you haven't gotten the point by now despite the beating this dead horse is getting - we eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff, but definitely confusing for applicants. Each year, the choices of essay content get trickier, the interview format becomes quirkier and more intimidating (somehow this happens simultaneously, almost like a Quentin Tarantino film), and the core messages of the school itself seem harder and harder to understand.
What does this mean and what does it look like for your candidacy? Contrary to the fear you might feel in your heart right now, it actually presents a wonderful opening for those candidates who are able to properly identify what matters most to Wharton and then communicate a desire to be part of the school's community. In short, you can rest easy in knowing that we have created this 10-step approach to applying to Wharton and that if you need assistance beyond this, we have elite services to help you take it home. The following guide will enable you to understand all of the key hot button issues and major thematic touch points - as well as critical admissions strategies - that will make or break your prospects for gaining admission to one of the world's most famous business schools.